Michigan: Big House Battles

by Jessica Taylor June 15, 2012 · 11:59 AM EDT

   Michigan offers a little bit of everything this year: a competitive general election in the 1st District that is the type of seat Democrats need to play in to take back the House, a long-time GOP incumbent being challenged by an outsider, a competitive Democratic primary, a member vs. member…

Arizona Senate: There’s a Wil, There Might be a Way

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 15, 2012 · 11:58 AM EDT

Richard Carmona has to be the only candidate in the country disavowing his connection to President Obama while also touting his ties to former President Bush. And that’s the least interesting part of his biography.

Democrats are in the midst of an intense love affair with their Senate candidate…

Tennessee House: Plenty of Volunteers for Congress

by Jessica Taylor June 15, 2012 · 11:57 AM EDT

 Before the 2010 elections, the Volunteer State delegation was split 5-4 in favor of Democrats. By the end of the cycle, most of the state’s remaining Blue Dogs had either chosen retirement or gone down in defeat like other Southern Democrats. The once purple state took on a decidedly red hue,…

Reflections on 20 Years as Accidental Columnist

by Stuart Rothenberg June 14, 2012 · 8:59 AM EDT

Twenty years ago this week, my first column appeared in the pages of Roll Call.

I had no intention of becoming a columnist or working for a newspaper, and I certainly had no expectation that two decades after my first column appeared in print I’d still be writing for Roll Call. As with most of…

Arizona 8: Caution—Special Results Ahead

by Jessica Taylor June 13, 2012 · 11:45 AM EDT

Democrat Ron Barber’s win over Republican Jesse Kelly in the Arizona special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) should boost Democratic morale but does little, if anything, to change the outlook for control of the House this fall.

Of the special elections held this cycle,…

House Primaries: Democrats Continue to Struggle to Get Their Candidates

June 13, 2012 · 11:44 AM EDT

Democrats’ path ahead in targeted House races got even more difficult Tuesday night, as the party’s preferred candidates failed to advance to the general election in South Carolina and Arkansas.

In the Palmetto State, former Georgia (yes, Georgia) state Rep. Gloria Tinubu appeared to win the…

Senate Primaries: Match-Ups Set in Four Key States

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 13, 2012 · 11:43 AM EDT

No surprises in yesterday’s Senate primaries, but general election matchups are set in four key states: Maine, North Dakota, Nevada and Virginia.

The most interesting result of the night may have been in Maine, where state Sen. Cynthia Dill secured the Democratic nomination with about 45…